I'll Be Good to You

"I'll Be Good to You" is a 1976 hit song by R&B duo The Brothers Johnson. George Johnson, one of the two Johnson brothers in the band, wrote the song after deciding to commit to a relationship with one woman, instead of dating several at a time. While George was recording a demo for the song, family friend Senora Sam came by and added some lyrics.[1] Brothers Johnson producer and mentor Quincy Jones heard the song, liked it, and convinced George to sing lead on the finished track. Released from their debut album, Look Out for #1, it was a top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot Singles Charts, peaking at number three, and a number one song on the Billboard R&B Charts during the summer of 1976.[2] The single was later certified gold by the RIAA.

"I'll Be Good to You"
Single by The Brothers Johnson
from the album Look Out for #1
B-side "The Devil"
Released April 1976
Genre R&B
Length

3:30 (single edit)

4:44 (album version)
Label A&M
Songwriter(s)
  • George Johnson
  • Louis Johnson
  • Sonora Sam
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
"I'll Be Good to You"
Single by Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
from the album Back on the Block
Released September 22, 1989
Genre
  • R&B
  • new jack swing
Length

4:17 (single edit)

4:54 (album version)
Label
  • Qwest
  • Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
  • George Johnson
  • Louis Johnson
  • Sonora Sam
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan singles chronology
"I'll Be Good to You"
(1989)
"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"
(1990)

"I'll Be Good to You"
(1989)
"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"
(1990)

Thirteen years later in 1989, it became a number one R&B hit again, with Chaka Khan and Ray Charles doing the lead vocals on Quincy Jones' Back on the Block album, and went to number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.[3] It also topped the American dance chart in early 1990.[4] This was Ray Charles' first No. 1 R&B hit in twenty-four years.

It was later covered by Vanessa Williams and James "D. Train" Williams on Vanessa's 2005 studio album Everlasting Love. Boney James covered the song on his 2009 studio album Send One Your Love.

Chart performance

The Brothers Johnson version

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Personnel

  • Ray Charles, Chaka Khan: lead vocals featured rap artist on remix Kyle "Magic" Jackson
  • Quincy Jones: producer, vocal and rhythm arranger
  • David Paich, Greg Phillinganes, Ian Prince: keyboards
  • Louis Johnson: Moog synthesizer bass, Fender slap bass, background vocals
  • Ian Underwood, Larry Williams, Michael Boddicker, Steve Porcaro: synthesizer programming
  • Bruce Swedien: drum programming
  • Harvey Mason: hi-hat, cymbals
  • George Johnson: guitar, background vocals
  • James Ingram, James Gilstrap, Phil Perry, Siedah Garrett, Syreeta Wright: background vocals

References

  1. allmusic
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 80.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 307.
  4. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 139.
  5. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4299a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4299a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4299a
  6. http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/19760724.html
  7. "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. Musicoutfitters.com
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05.

See also

  • List of number-one R&B singles of 1976 (U.S.)
  • List of number-one R&B singles of 1989 (U.S.)
  • List of number-one dance singles of 1990 (U.S.)
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